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Assistive Technology for an Inclusive Society for People with Intellectual Disability.

Authors
  • Owuor, John1
  • Larkan, Fiona1
  • 1 Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. , (Ireland)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Studies in health technology and informatics
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2017
Volume
242
Pages
805–812
Identifiers
PMID: 28873889
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

People with intellectual disability (ID), are some of the most stigmatized and marginalized social groups. Ongoing global initiatives such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCPD) and Strategic Development Goals (SDGs) aim to accelerate their inclusion into the society. In many high-income countries, deinstitutionalization of care for people with ID forms part of the broader social inclusion agenda for people with ID into the society. Access to appropriate assistive technology (AT) can mediate the ongoing normalization/inclusion efforts for people with ID. AT can enable users with ID to access societal processes such as education, employment, socialization or independent living. Effective use of AT can also enhance the formation and/or maintenance of interpersonal relationships by people with ID, thus promote their social support.

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